HMS Tamar patrolling waters off Jersey after protest by French fishermen over post-Brexit fishing rights 06052021 CREDIT BFBS
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Royal Navy Warships To Return From Jersey Patrol

Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tamar and HMS Severn will return to port in the UK following a fishing row escalation.

HMS Tamar patrolling waters off Jersey after protest by French fishermen over post-Brexit fishing rights 06052021 CREDIT BFBS

Royal Navy warships deployed to Jersey amid a row over post-Brexit fishing rights with France are to return to port.

Two River-class offshore patrol vessels, HMS Severn and HMS Tamar, will be brought back following the departure of French fishing boats gathered in waters near the Channel Island.

Both ships began deploying on Wednesday night, amid a protest by French fishing vessels at the port of St Helier over the lack of access.

The row has come after the island implemented new requirements under the terms of the UK-EU trade deal for boats to submit evidence of their past fishing activities in order to receive a licence to carry on operating in Jersey waters.

Downing Street had said the Severn and Tamar were monitoring the waters as a "precautionary measure", but the Government now remains on standby to provide further assistance to Jersey.

The situation has been resolved for now, according to Downing Street – maintaining support for Jersey's right to regulate fisheries in their waters under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU.

Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPV) protect the UK's interests at home and abroad, safeguarding territorial waters, protecting fishing stocks and performing constabulary duties.

All eight River-class vessels are based in Portsmouth, and consist of two generations – Batch 1 ships, and the newer Batch 2s.

HMS Severn, a Batch 1 ship, was re-commissioned into the Royal Navy last summer, nearly three years after she was decommissioned.